Pondering Reading “Real” Books vs. E-Books

Posted 21 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 1 Comment

Why is it, I wonder, that when I think of books, when I list them for IMM, and talk about them with other book lovers, I forget about all the ebooks I have?

Obviously, I love books. I wouldn’t read them or blog about them or sing their praises if I didn’t or buy so many that my shelves bulge with them. But, when I think of books, I think about the dead tree kind of books. The ones I can touch and smell and flip through, the breeze of the pages’ passing soft against my face. Not ebooks.

Picture from Amazon.com

Not that I have anything against ebooks. When I went on vacation before the holidays, my Kindle rocked. Instead of bringing a huge stack of books with me on my cruise, I slid my Kindle into my backpack. It was awesome. If I came across a book I couldn’t get into, I could pull up another book with a few clicks. Plus, there are fantastic egalleys out there! Netgalley completely rocks, with some of my very favorite books of the entire year on their list. Simon and Schuster started a “Galley Grab” beta program, yet another way to get their upcoming releases out to bloggers so we can spread the word about our faves. But, despite having access to ebooks I’ve been drooling over, I go to the physical books themselves first, even if they’re not at the top of my to-read list. 

Is anyone else having this issue? Or is it just me? (I’ll admit it: I’m really set in my ways, which makes adding new things to my repertoire…difficult.)  *sigh* 

But I’m trying to get into a new mind-set with ebooks. So, my plan is to review as many ebooks as I can over the next month (and more!) and, hopefully, start a new habit of ebook reading. While this doesn’t include the Tuesday Teen reviews since those are already set and I don’t control what they review or how they choose to read it, I’ve got a ton of fantastic-fabulous, drool-inducing books to read & review on both my Kindle and on my computer.

On Kindle:
THE DARK DIVINE by Bree Despain (read)
UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand
THE IRON QUEEN by Julie Kagawa (read)

Screenshot of my library

FEED by M.T. Anderson
OUTSIDE IN by Maria V. Snyder
RAGE by Jackie Kessler Morse

On Computer (Adobe Digital Editions):
EVERCROSSED by Elizabeth Chandler
INVINCIBLE SUMMER by Hannah Moskowitz
PALE DEMON by Kim Harrison
RED GLOVE by Holly Black
TEN MILES PAST NORMAL by Frances O’Roark Dowell
THE DAY BEFORE by Lisa Schroeder
WITHER by Lauren DeStefano

So, I’m putting it out there. I’m going to prioritize my ebooks (well, along with any ARC’s I still need to read and review) and get into the habit of reading ebooks as well as the tangible ones. At least once a week, I’ll review an ebook. Yep. There it is. Out into the world with my declaration.

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One Response to “Pondering Reading “Real” Books vs. E-Books”

  1. I have the same problem with my kindle. Its fantastic that it was made, but i don’t use it very much and when I do it feels like i don’t actually own the book and i have to go buy the printed copy as well. but it has great deals, like the Jessica darling series for $10 (i don’t know if they still have it, though)